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Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh suffered ‘humiliating attack’ that led him to the UFC

Behind every talented athlete is a great coach. Conor McGregor always had the ability and the drive to make it to the very pinnacle of MMA, but needed the guidance from John Kavanagh. Known as the ‘Godfather’ of Irish MMA, Kavanagh has been alongside ‘The Notorious’ since the very beginning and sharpened every tool in […]

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Behind every talented athlete is a great coach.
Conor McGregor always had the ability and the drive to make it to the very pinnacle of MMA, but needed the guidance from John Kavanagh.
John Kavanagh endured a ‘humiliating attack’ which led him to MMASportsfile – Subscription
Known as the ‘Godfather’ of Irish MMA, Kavanagh has been alongside ‘The Notorious’ since the very beginning and sharpened every tool in his extensive arsenal at the Straight Blast Gym in Dublin.
Their partnership is an extremely one and has seen McGregor become the first ever fighter to hold two UFC belts simultaneously, while Kavanagh was awarded the MMA Coach of the Year award in 2017.
But, before the Irish duo return to action this weekend at UFC 257 on Fight Island, it is worth remembering how Kavanagh got into MMA in the first place and how different things could have been had he not.
The 44-year-old from Churchtown only decided to get into MMA after a violent confrontation in Dublin many years ago.
Kavanagh celebrates after McGregor beat Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds in 2015Sportsfile – Getty
Speaking on the Late Late Show, Kavanagh told Ryan Tubridy about how he was beaten up when walking in Rathmines with his girlfriend at the age of 18.
He recalled:  “We were with a crowd but we were left behind. We were walking down Rathmines and I saw a guy getting a bit of a pasting. We walked past him initially and then I stopped and said ‘I can’t do this’ and I went back.
“Now, what would have been sensible would have been to just go into the garda station which was only across the road, but I wasn’t thinking that straight and I jumped in.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t end like the martial arts movies where you drop three or four guys and you walk off into the sunset. I was the one that got dropped.
“Thankfully the guy got up and he ran, which was the natural instinct, I wouldn’t have held that against him.
McGregor and Kavanagh have been together since the very beginningGetty Images – Getty
“After that day there were physical scars. I got fairly beat up but it was the mental side of it, getting beat up in front of your girlfriend like that for a young man was very, very tough to deal with.
“The physical side wasn’t all that bad, but the humiliation of being beaten up in front of your girlfriend…
“I grew up watching Bruce Lee movies and Rocky movies, it was always the strong, macho guy could protect his woman and I wasn’t able to do that.
“I didn’t want to go out; it was at least six or nine months before I left the house after that. I went into depression I guess.”
The dynamic duo will be back in action this weekend as McGregor takes in Poirier in a rematch of their 2014 clash, which ended in the first round after a crushing left hook by ‘The Notorious’.

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